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Recommended Citation: Joseph, P A.  Ethics in the Pedagogy of Information Systems.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2005, v 22 (Columbus OH): §3545. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 5(23). ISSN: 1545-679X.)

Ethics in the Pedagogy of Information Systems

Refereed8 pages
Patricia A. Joseph    [a1] [a2]
Computer Science Department
Slippery Rock University    [u1] [u2]
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, USA    [c1] [c2]

This paper discusses how one academic department at a state-owned university has successfully embedded ethics into its undergraduate Information Systems program. The Computer Science Department at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania has made a concerted effort to emphasize ethics in all of its course offerings, especially in its Bachelor of Science in Information Systems program. Each Information Systems major chooses an Allied Area of Interest in which to apply his or her IS expertise. As most of the Allied Areas are in the School of Business (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, etc.), these majors also may elect to take Business Ethics, which is taught by Philosophy Department faculty. Eight Information Systems courses required for the major have ethics components embedded in their curricula. Graduates of SRU’s Information Systems program have an appreciation of the importance of ethics in the workplace because they have had this importance reinforced throughout their curricula. Furthermore, all courses contain assessable outcomes related to university-wide outcomes for student learning. As of September 2005, ABET has accredited all of Slippery Rock University’s undergraduate Information Systems programs.

Keywords: accreditation, assessment, ethics, pedagogy

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